Antiphon issue 19 is here!

i19coverClick to view or download Antiphon-issue 19

Delighted, as ever, to offer a new issue of Antiphon (see below for contents). We’ve been honoured by some particularly sparkling writing – it feels like a strong issue to me. Let us know what you think!

It’s fascinating to hear all the different voices of our poets. Here’s a bonus selection for your weekend enjoyment.

Totem Song by Mike Saye

Kirstenbosch by Alexandra Strnad

Walk by Judith Taylor

Summer Solstice Anchorage by Jill Dery

Artwork by Alice Tarbuck

Nightswimming in a Stranger’s Pool by Mike Saye

Undammed by Ivy Schweitzer

Exhaustion by Becca Menon

Nurse’s Day by Tamam Kahn

Issue 19 Contents

Act One
Mariana and the Roadkill – Sally Douglas
The Specifics – Morna Finnegan
Kirstenbosch – Alexandra Strnad
Undammed – Ivy Schweitzer
Walk – Judith Taylor
The Years – Isabel Bermudez
Fulford Lake, Alberta – Karen Petersen

Act Two
In Deep – Julia Deakin
Intellect – Robert Beveridge
Apoptosis – C Wade Bentley
Nightswimming in a Stranger’s Pool – Mike Saye
Summer Solstice Anchorage – Jill Dery
Place de l’Opéra – Kate Noakes
Sky-gardens – Alexandra Strnad

Interval: reviews
Earth Girls, Lisa Brockwell
The Density of Salt, Kate Garrett
Three Short Reviews:

Alan Buckley, The Long Haul
Roy McFarlane, Beginning with your Last Breath
Mark Pajak, Spitting Distance

Noir, Charlotte Gann

Act Three
Abraham – Jory Mickelson
Factoring – Rachel Nix
A Great Work – Rebecca Hurst
Out of Place – Ivy Schweitzer
Stone-watching  – Mark Leech
They Arrive Restless – Obi Nwakanma
Artwork Number 53, Borough Station – Alice Tarbuck

Act Four
Clarification – Michael Farry
New Moon – Tim Love
Totem Song – Mike Saye
Perfectly Still – Ellen Goldsmith
Nurse’s Day – Tamam Kahn
Navigating the Annals – Abegail Morley
Running in the Rain – Sarah Law
Exhaustion – Becca Menon





More readings from issue 19

HPIM0300.JPGWell, we live in interesting times. Have some more readings of excellent poetry, though they have a touch of the apocalypse about them.

Clarification by Michael Farry

Out Of Place by Ivy Schweitzer

In Deep by Julia Deakin

They Arrive Restless by Obi Nwakanma



Poetry readings from issue 19

cover1Just waiting for the proofs to come back before launching issue 19 – so here are some of the poems while you’re waiting. More to follow!

Apoptosis by C Wade Bentley

The Specifics by Morna Finnegan

Sky-gardens by Alexandra Strnad


Nearly ready…

Vintage Franz Zajizek Astronomical Clock machinery
Vintage Franz Zajizek Astronomical Clock machinery

Antiphon issue 19 is very nearly ready and will be going out to poets for proof-reading shortly. Keep an eye open for some excellent recordings over the weekend!


Millstone Grit launch day!

launchThe launch event for the Millstone Grit anthology is at 7.30 pm, Wednesday, 19th October 2016, at the Sheffield Institute of Arts, Old Post Office, Fitzalan Square.

Nearly half the contributors will be reading, and we will also be announcing the winners of our Art meets Poetry competition. Free! All welcome!

To order copies from the website, please use the link on the right.



Millstone Grit

IMG_4118As part of Sheffield Hallam University’s Catalyst Festival, Antiphon has been preparing an anthology of poetry by poets connected with the university. It’s the first time we’ve tried a print publication and marks the official launch of Antiphon Press!

Noel and I managed to persuade Carolyn Waudby, a Senior Lecturer at Hallam, to join us in the project, and I’ve spent the last few months learning about typesetting, layout, optical justification and kerning etc. We’ve just received the proof copy from the printers and we’re delighted with it! The full book launch will be on 19th October as part of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival. Not content with giving ourselves theIMG_4116 task of organising work from 36 poets, there’s also an art competition and exhibition linked to the book.

We’re not sure where we’ll take Antiphon Press from here, but we now have a bunch of ISBN numbers that need a home!



British Library archive

We’re thrilled that the British Library wishes to include Antiphon in a new open access archive of poetry websites/mags in the UK.

At present they are allowed to archive UK websites without seeking permissions with the caveat that the archival copies are only available to readers on Library premises. They wish to extend their archive to preserve certain sites in an online poetry collection, accessible to all, where it will be preserved for posterity along with a number of other poetry e-zines and journals published in the UK.

Given that all issues of Antiphon are open access and available on our website, and that this is archiving rather than new use, I don’t imagine contributors have an objection to the proposal. If any wish to discuss it, please contact me by 31st August. I think this is a great honour for Antiphon and all who have sailed in her!